Aston Villa 3-4 Southampton: Saints come out on top at Villa Park again

Despite a miraculous second half perfromance from Aston Villa, who scored three goals late on. It wasn’t enough to overcome Southampton who left Villa Park the victors in a seven goal thriller.

A controversial start to the game see’s ex Birmingham City man Che Adams scored the goal he would have been craving after 2 minutes but the goal was chalked off by VAR for offside.

Just before the 20 minute mark Southampton get the lead they deserve after a foul by Matt Targett gives James Ward Prowse the opportunity to deliver a free kick for Vestergaard to head home.

Bertrand Traore making his first start has to leave the field on 28 minutes being replaced by Trezeguet.

On 32 minutes Douglas Luiz gives away a free kick in a dangerous position which Ward Prowse dispatches with ease to put the visitors 2-0 up.

Matty Cash misjudges the flight of the ball and deliberately gives away another free kick and gets himself booked as well. Ward Prowse doubles his tally of the day and puts the Saints 3-0 up.

Aston Villa 3-4 Southampton: James Ward-Prowse scores two free-kicks on his  birthday as Saints beat Villa
Source: Sporting Life

Danny Ings makes it four after the break, Villa looked dead and burried. A second half comeback seemed unlikely at the time.

A Tyrone Mings header kickstarts a much better second half from Villa, though it would take Villa till much later to get on the scoresheet again.

Instead the games drifts in to injury time before Ollie Watkins scores from the penalty spot and Jack Grealish scores at the death with the final kick to make the final score look respectable at 3-4 .

A personal duel develops between Trezuguet and the Saints keeper Alex McCarthy as the ‘keeper thwarts him on three separate occasions with three superb saves that could of made things interesting had the Villa man got the better of him.

Villa showed some fight during the second half which in recent seasons has been missing at times. In truth though Southampton are worthy winners and demonstrate their quality which was alluded to earlier.

After 4 straight wins Villa lose 2 consecutively. Time to regroup and show some of that football displayed in the second half if they are to get anything next week away at Arsenal.

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